New to the Diabetic Family <3!

By KittyKristi Latest Reply 2013-05-13 05:25:18 -0500
Started 2013-04-15 17:56:58 -0500

I was diagnosed on April 2nd. I am 34 years old and went to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack. Turned out that I have extremely high blood pressure and that I am a diabetic. This information scared me and my husband as well as my friends and family. When I got out of the hospital after 3 days, I came home and emptied my fridge and filled it with the food of a vegetarian except for some chicken. I think I might have gone a bit overboard lol, I am having such a hard time finding what I should eat. I haven't had much help in knowing what to eat and what not to, any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated! No one in my life understands how big of a change and wake up call this has been. I need support from those who understand, and would love to be able to build friendships and help support others with diabetes. Thanks for any info you have!

26 replies

Fefe12 2013-05-13 05:25:18 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club! First off dont be scared youve come to the right place. Next, calm down and keep talking to your family and friends. The more comfortable you are with this disease the more comfortable they will be. Find a diabetic nutritionst as soon as you can. Your doc should help you ot there. They will help with meal planning. Show you how to keep track of what you eat and how to keep a log of your BS so you know what you can eat and the amounts. Unless you have to dont deny yourself. it makes it that much harder. Be truthful about your weakness and deal with them. Try not to go the artificial sweetner route. Let your tastbuds get use to not having all that sugar. You will be better off for it. You will find ways to keep eating foods you love and eating less of or eliminating foods you can live without. I love pasta and sauce, found out the store bought kind of sauce has way too much sugar in it. So now I always make my own. Instead of pasta I use the salad of baby greens and spinich and arugula, Steam it a bit with a bit of butter and give my family the noodles and I put my sauce on the steamed lettuces. I could have a half cup of noodles but I would much rather have an apple or pear for dessert. If you must have dessert have a bite. If you share it suddenly you dont have the option to eat any more. Every one is different but i would rather have a bite then none at all. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

Angielinan 2013-04-20 02:19:07 -0500 Report

I would suggest getting information on a diabetics class where they will teach you the do's and don't!! Protein is good for diabetes as long as its lean! Watch your starches!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-04-18 16:01:35 -0500 Report

Hi Kitty!

And welcome to Diabetic Connect! I am glad you are here.

Information is power. And information is a great way to stand up to the fear factor that sometimes hits when you receive a medical diagnosis.

I would encourage you to sit down and have a tlk with your doctor and ask for a recommended diet. You might also ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetic educator or a dietician. Nothing like getting started on the right foot!

And stay in touch with us! We are standing by!


Michael Morgan
Michael Morgan 2013-04-18 13:38:42 -0500 Report

Baby girl first off relax. Stay away from red meat like beef and pork. The pork is the worst. You can eat all the chicken and turkey you want. You have to watch some
of the spices but garlic abd pepper is fine. Salt will make your body retain water so
that is not good. All of this and the health problems is overwilming but just relax.
Fried food is bad only if you use butter. They have smart choice for people like us.
I am 64 and 3 years ago was told I had AML Leukemia and went into the hospital
for 9 month. I went through ^ rounds for chemo 5 of them 5days long and 2 of
them 7 days long. I am now the longest surviving patient from CITY of HOPE. The
chemo made me diabetic and I learned how to eat while in the hospital. Just cut out
all red meaat until your count gets better. Then if you must have some have a little.
Do not stop life to control the problem.

Stuart1966 2013-04-17 11:54:31 -0500 Report

Hello Kristi:

Diabetes had many flavors. Type 1 is one flavor, far less common than our T2 cousins. Regardless of the label, you now have a "name" to explain much of what has been happening with your body. All of us, at some point endured this…

It will take time for ANYBODY to absorb any of this. It is not rainbows and sunshine. There are changes you will make. Some will help you look great in that bathing suit, others, you wont love… but hell nobody does.

But you are FAR from alone.

For right now there is a lot to fear, unknown/uncertain does that to all of us, whether we are diabetic or not. As diabetics don't have flashing billboards over our heads. But there are huge numbers of us all around you, IF you know what to look for.

Diabetes has five pieces. The mind, the most important of them. Insulin, testing, eating, exercise, a formula that frankly hasn't changed since the early 70's. The tools change, the latest new "goals" but basically the ideas are still in tact.

Diabetes is a game of balance, which has some rules. Too much, too little and you're going to end up on your butt, just like a sea-saw from childhood which hits the ground too fast. Brush off, check yourself and get back on. There are a bunch of us been on this ride our entire lives.

We are as diverse a group as any crowd of people you've ever met. What is scaring you the most?! Guarantee a bunch of us have been in your headspace a whole bunch of times.

So let's see what your new diabetic sisters, brothers, a couple of your new crazy "cousins" can help you with. We wont let you fall, if we can help it…


srs1960 2013-04-17 11:41:34 -0500 Report

Our local hospital has a program where you have someone go to the store and help you figure out what to look for on labels . Read read read and don't fall for no sugar on labels most of the time it is a different type of sugar .

katcot2152 2013-04-16 22:03:49 -0500 Report

The best advice i could give you is to see a nutritionist. I started going to one and she has been a godsend. Together we set a goal for me to work on over say a 6 week period. She helped me make up a sample meal plan. My PCP wasn't going to have me test my bs but the nutritionist thought it was important that I do test at least once a day and to vary the times. If I need to test more than once a day, that's okay because I want to be in control and not let the diabetes control me! So my PCP faxed a prescription over to my pharmacist for the lancets and strips. And she gives me handouts to read up on the latest news re: diabetes.

So in addition to seeking help and support here at DC, I suggest you try to see a nutritionist to help you with the food piece - I don't think you would regret doing so!

sNerTs1 2013-04-16 09:54:12 -0500 Report

'ello Kitty!! <~ had to =)

You are here! Its the best place to be. This place is packed with information ranging from meds to meters, diets and emotions. The diet is simplistically complex <~ oxy moron? Yes it is. We are ALL very different from what food affects our sugars to the next person. The best thing to try to remember is eliminate/moderate the whites in your life. Those are the breads, grains, rice, noodles and potatoes as those are very high in carbs and will almost always throw your sugars into a bad level.

What I would do if I was you (and what I did when I was new like you are), is keep a diary of what you eat and your BG readings after them. From there you will be able to see what is good for YOU and what isn't. Since your blood pressure is high, you not only have to worry about the sugars but the sodium as well. There are loads of recipes here that you might enjoy.

Get in to see a dietitian and ask questions as the only stupid question is the one NOT asked. You will be fine, you just have to sort through garden to find your place. It is not as daunting as it was … maybe 10 years ago.

GL and keep us up to date as to how you are doing. Here's to better health and a happy lifestyle *Hugs* Cheryl

KittyKristi 2013-04-16 13:48:00 -0500 Report

They have me testing before I eat… I wonder if I need to be testing like an hour after I eat to see if the foods I am eating are good or bad… Have an appointment with the docs tomorrow, so hopefully I will finally get some questions answered

By the way… Your posts on here are awesome, and funny and I love to read them!

jayabee52 2013-04-16 13:53:28 -0500 Report

actually Kristi the better time to test is 2 hrs after (postprandial) your first bite of food.

If you really want to find out what foods "play nice" with your personal metabolism, I would recommend following the testing procedure outlined here ~

KittyKristi 2013-04-16 14:02:56 -0500 Report

Thank you for this, it makes more sense to me to do it this way. I will talk to my doctor tomorrow, but I will try it anyway lol. I also like the idea of a binder that has foods and such that fit ME and not such a broad spectrum like the information I am finding on the internets!

Michael Morgan
Michael Morgan 2013-04-16 00:53:31 -0500 Report

I found out I was diabetic when I asked the nurse what was in the shot they gave me . I told her I was not a diabetic and you keep checking my blood and giving me a shot. She smiled and said that with the chemo going in me they didn't have the heart to tell me it was making me diabetic. It is a shock to hear but with the cancer and the stem cells the diabeties is just another thing to watch out for. Eat the right things and watch the sweets and all is well. I was conditioned to all that before I got out of the hospital.

tazzieosco2632 2013-04-15 23:33:08 -0500 Report

ur not alone kittykristi.. i have been going through some hard times when i found out that i was a diabetic. it scared me and i did not have anyone to help me. for many yrs i just gave up and stop taking my meds. then today when i found out that my A1C level was at 14 and that they were thinking about putting me on insulin. now i know that i need to really start caring i found a great guy that loves me and wants to help. also i have my mom and dad that are trying to help me and this is how i found this page my mother looked it up…so know here i am 28 and trying to get my life in order and looking for some more help im scared so if any one that can give me ideas on how or what to do to get my sugar under control please help

KittyKristi 2013-04-16 13:46:05 -0500 Report

I totally understand the scared part. I was fortunate that I have an awesome husband and he has given up many of his non diabetic habits… except the candy lol, he eats tons! We even checked his bs and he was at 96… anyway I am very new too so with the help of the fine people on this site, and the support us newbies can give, we can make this new lifestyle we have to live with…AWESOME!!! lol I am here anytime!!

Gwen214 2013-04-15 23:01:02 -0500 Report

Welcome kittykristi.. Love love your profile picture. I'm a HK fan since 1976.

Edie 2013-04-16 03:52:45 -0500 Report

If something doesn't work keep tweeking it till it does work for you. I have found that if I follow all of the Drs orders some don't work and some does so on the ones that don't work I ask him what he expects it to do for me and then tweek it till I get the results he wants. That helps me alot.

KittyKristi 2013-04-15 23:25:17 -0500 Report

thanks Gwen214. I just got a hk tattoo lol, i love her! My medic bracelet has her, my car is covered, all my socks are hk… me and my bestie are addicted!

KittyKristi 2013-04-15 19:08:20 -0500 Report

Thank you! Best support website I have found! Was part of another one for a few days but not many people were ever on it. Best thing that came out of that site was I found a girl that made girly medical bracelets. She even made one just for me with Hello Kitty on it lol.

KittyKristi 2013-04-15 18:40:47 -0500 Report

Thank you both for the warm Welcome! It took me a few days to finally break down and cry. My husband is gone from 5:40am to 7:00pm at work, So I have a lot of alone time to think and google! I did great the first week, never ate anything that I shouldn't, but last week was a different story, but as my friends and family said, this is a huge change, and your going to fall back, but as long as you keep trying, and watch what you are eating, eventually it will come natural to you and your old ways will go away… I am trying to quit smoking on top of everything else… Today has been a good day emotionally, hopefully I will keep getting better and finally get the hang of this lol

Gwen214 2013-04-16 05:11:43 -0500 Report

Yes, build good habits. I've had t1 for 27 years and still struggle. You're not alone. Diabetes is not easy to deal with. Take care.

midgemills 2013-04-15 18:28:00 -0500 Report

Bless your heart I was diagnosed April 11th, welcome. You will find a lot of help here.. I freaked when I found out I was diabetic not at first but later on that day I just sat and cried. My family lives and thrives on junk food.. I on the other hand am not a junk food eater so I was thoroughly overwhelmed when I was told I was a type 2 diabetic but it runs rampant in my family.. I am learning and playing by ear everything.. What not to eat and what to eat.. Listen to those that have been hear awhile and don't be afraid to ask.. Looks like you did the same as me I got here and went googleing everything trying to find something just to reach out.. Good luck my new friend

Scarlet03 2013-04-15 18:19:27 -0500 Report

You've come to the right place :)

I did the same thing when I first was diagnosed…I tore my kitchen apart…and freaked out…

First thing I can tell you and most important…Read the carbohydrate count on the label…2…most of your meats dont have any carbohydrates…some vegetables are on the average of 5 carbohydrates…

Heres a link to get you started

And if you can go to diabetic classes they will give you a good idea how to manage your BS…

Welcome and good luck to you hugs